Top 10 ski resorts, areas in Michigan this winter

Michigan’s downhill ski areas continue to draw national attention.

In December, the New York Times raved about Crystal Mountain, Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands, and Big Powderhorn in Ironwood was called the nation’s best mom-and-pop ski resort in an issue of Men’s Journal magazine.

Several of Michigan’s top resorts are celebrating milestones this season. Marquette Mountain, Nub’s Nob and Ski Brule are marking their 60th anniversaries and Shanty Creek’s Schuss Mountain its 50th.

With nearly 50 ski areas featuring more than 240 lifts, roughly 1,000 runs and over 80 terrain parks, Michigan has many places to test the slopes and have fun on the runs.

Here is a look at 10 can’t-miss Michigan ski venues:

Mt. Bohemia

Mt. Bohemia

Location: 6532 Lac La Belle Road; Lac La Belle

Opening day: Dec. 26.

Overview: The accolades for this remote, experts-only resort near the eastern shore of the Keweenaw Peninsula just south of Copper Harbor are almost too numerous to mention. Mt. Bohemia’s ungroomed terrain features the Midwest’s highest vertical drop (900 feet), deepest powder with roughly 275 inches of annual snowfall and the state’s longest run (Ghost Trail at 9,200 feet).

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